A Year Of Helping Curly Girls And A Heart Full Of Gratitude

A Year Of Helping Curly Girls
And A Heart Full Of Gratitude

I haven’t written a blog post since last June…I am so sorry! Time flew by so fast and events in life and business took priority…that is until Covid-19 hit and I’ve had the opportunity to attend to many things I haven’t had time for this past year. I thought it would be fun to do a recap of all the things I did in 2019, and it may also explain why I have been lacking in the blogging department! This blog article was really cathartic for me to write. Sometimes I feel like I am not doing enough, but if I go back and read this I realize I am doing more than I think.

Thanks for sticking around here with me, following and supporting me.  I really appreciate you.  You are why I keep working so hard and what makes my heart feel full at the end of the day (in this case, the whole year!).  Make sure to catch me on social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Pinterest, as I am always putting out new content to help you with your waves and curls. 

Click on each title below and it will expand into a mini story of 2019 in review; the first one is already expanded for you…

I made the decision to focus on carrying only Canadian made product lines even in 2018, but started talking more about it early last year.  As much as I love all my American brands, I wanted to do my part as a small business owner to support more Canadian businesses.  Especially in this political climate we have, it’s even more important to shop local.  I encourage you wherever you are in the world to shop local as much as you can!  If you want to check out my online store, click here!  www.curlyhairgoodies.com is up and running, shipping weekly on Mondays exclusively in Canada.  If you’re in other parts of the world, you can still use my online store as a search engine to look up products I recommend for your curl type! I have tagged everything for you based on wavy, curly, super curly, 2a, 3b, 4c, etc.

www.curlyhairgoodies.com

My online course, Curls With Confidence, got a big makeover and facelift! Everything got prettied up and launched with a big advertisement inside CURL Magazine this past year! To date, there are almost 1,000 curly girls who have taken my online courses. They enjoy an active curly community on Facebook as a bonus to buying the online course.  

Recently since Covid-19 hit, I’ve made a mini-version of my course and launched it for only $27 CDN (less than $20 USD) to help anyone low on cash still be able to learn how to work with their curls.  The special sale price is available until midnight EST May 30th.  Click here to learn more.

Curls With Confidence Online Course

This event was a complete success, raising almost $4,000 for Dawn House Women’s Shelter and we were able to gather and donate a minivan FULL of toilet paper! If you want to see the full album of pictures from this amazing event, please click here!

About 160 tickets were sold and it was so much fun.  Curly girls have been asking when the next one will be, and if we can make it bigger and a full day event.  Nothing is planned in future, but if there is interest I will certainly consider it! A big thank you to all my wonderful volunteers (who donated time and supplies and I couldn’t have pulled this off without their help), the vendors (who also donated 10% of sales the day of the event to Dawn House!) and guest artists (who came and joined me on stage for curly hair demos, Q&A and left us with tons of great information).

Guest Artists/Speakers/Special Guests:

Vendors:

Guests of the Curly Girl Connection event!

I was invited to teach all about cutting and styling curls at The Seahorse Salon  in St. John’s, NFLD in November last year. You can find them on Instagram as @theseahorsesalon

It was a wonderful opportunity for me to practice my teaching skills, in preparation for the curl specific training I will start offering at my salon in Kingston, ON hopefully later this year (crossing my fingers!).

I will soon be launching the class information with dates TBD. Keep an eye on my social media for the announcement, and sign up here to be notified first when it launches.

Teaching Hair Stylists at The Seahorse Salon in St. John’s, NFLD.

I travel to Fredericton, NB about once a year to take care of my curly clients in the Maritimes. While I am not sure what this fall may bring for travel with Covid-19, I hope to get back there again as soon as I am able.  

If you’re interested in a haircut service with me in NB, please email me at curlspecialist@gmail.com with the subject title “NEW FREDERICTON CLIENT”. Be sure to leave me your contact details incase I have room for new clients in future.

Here’s some of my Fredericton Curly girls fresh after their haircuts.  Did you know the Maritimes is “home” for me? Yep, I grew up there which is why I love travelling back there. Being a Mom to three young kids I am still needed at home, so travelling other cities is not an option right now. Someday I’d love to marry travel, training Hair Stylists and cutting hair into some sort of working vacation. If you can dream it, you can do it! 

 

I was asked to be one of four Featured Stylists for CURL Magazine in 2019/2020 and of course I jumped in with both feet! I also served on the Advisory Board and the Stylist Panel and still continue to support the magazine when asked to contribute to articles or write. I love educating about styling and maintaining curly hair. It’s been a great honour to serve the curly community through this magazine this past year. I encourage you to subscribe so you can enjoy amazing content! It really is a quality magazine, and it’s only in it’s second year of publication. It will make a great gift for Mother’s Day this year; awesome for any occasion or just because, and it’s for curly girls of any age.  

Krista Leavitt – Curl Specialist featured in a six page article in Curl Magazine.

If you got this far, thanks for reading what I’ve been up to this past year.  I’ve reached a lot of professional goals I had set for myself, and it feels really great to be able to do that AND serve others at the same time.  I feel so lucky to do this all for a living. My heart is SO full with gratitude.

I’ll catch up with you on social media soon, k!?

Yours in curls, 

xo Krista 

Curly Hair Meetup Event!

Curly Hair Meetup Event!

A big event first time ever event is happening this September in Kingston, Ontario!

I am planning a big curly hair meetup on September 28th!  You guys get to hear about everything first! I’ll post more on social media about this event soon, so make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook; you can find those links here on my website. All you need to do right now is save this date on your calendar.  The event will be held at the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre has free parking, hotel group rates (more on that detail coming soon) and the event will have space for 150 wavy and curly haired people! Tickets will be available through my social media soon…stay tuned!

Webinar 2: The Moisture Misconception

Webinar 2: The Moisture Misconception

May 2019 

Webinar 2: The Moisture Misconception

Last month I recorded a second webinar with Dr. Susan Walker of Earthtones Naturals; the second webinar in a three part series.  It’s filled to the brim with curly hair education on the topic of moisture, specifically speaking to humidity, glycerin, oils, and so much more.  There’s information on what ingredients will seal in the moisture and keep out the humidity, now that we know summer is on its way in Canada.  If you’d like to catch the replay, grab yourself a cup of tea or glass of wine and set aside some time to educate yourself on the science around moisture and haircare.  You will come away with great tips on how to manage your waves and curls, and learn what you can do to get it moisturized and KEEP it moisturized. 

Later this month we hope to complete our third and final webinar in this FREE series; date to be announced so keep an eye on my social media.  We’ll share how to read ingredient labels and teach you how to choose the right products for your hair. What I love about these webinars is that they are non-brand specific. We really want you empower you to understand your hair and hope that you’ll share these webinars with your wavy and curly haired friends so they can learn too! Direct them to curlspecialist on Youtube to find them, or forward this email.

Also, I’ve written two articles for CURL Magazine that I’m looking forward to you reading later this month!  If you haven’t subscribed to this digital (and in print) magazine, definitely do it!  It’s such a lovely magazine to have not only to read yourself, but to be able to find in salons. I’d even suggest asking your stylist to get it for in their waiting room at the salon!  You’ll finally find pictures of true naturally curly hair, and examples of haircuts to choose from from curl specialists like myself and my talented colleagues that you can relate to.

Stay tuned for Q&A series on my YouTube channel with all the topics you’ve told me you’d love to hear about! It’s starting soon…

Until next time,

xo Krista

 

 

 

 

Feeling frustrated with your wavy and curly hair?

Feeling frustrated with your wavy and curly hair?

February 2019

Often we have a vision in our heads of what kind of curls we’d like, or a vision of what we want our hair to do; this vision can leave us feeling deflated when we don’t get the results we are trying so hard to get each wash day.

We try to follow the tips we learn on the internet to get similar results, and often we fall short and we don’t really know why. It leaves us feeling like we will never figure our hair out.   We know the fastest way to learn about our hair is through personalized guidance, but where do we even look for that?  Does this service even exist?  Who is going to help us? IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE?!  It can feel like a lonely existence sometimes.  We continue to struggle to figure out our hair without the help we so desperately need, because we think we are alone.  We devour all the free content we can find to try and get our hair to cooperate. We know there’s potential in there, but we just don’t know how to reach it!

Learning to Love Your Curls from a Young Age: Priceless

Learning to Love Your Curls from a Young Age: Priceless
 December 2018

Years ago when I first started exclusively taking curly haired clients, my rule of thumb for age of clients was over 12 years old. Twelve felt like the age where girls are more in charge of their own self-care and they would therefore benefit from knowing how to care for their curls, and also around that time they want to learn about how to care for their hair.  Then I met Isabella’s Mom. After hearing her heartfelt story and plea for help, curl girls of ANY age became welcome in my salon. (How I would have loved a curl specialist when I was growing up!)

BEFORE: After a full day at daycare, Isabella’s hair was unmanageable.

Here is Isabella’s Story:

Her mother was desperate. Her heart was aching for her beautiful daughter, who was already suffering from low self-esteem. Tears, tantrums, and conflicts at bathtime were just the start of Isabella and her Mom’s issues. At only six years old, Isabella would cry about her hair. Comparing it to that of her straight-haired friends, she felt that her waist-length curly hair was inferior. Not only did she lack confidence in her hair, but her frustrations with it led her to low self-esteem in general.  My reputation for being competent at cutting curly hair but also passionate about caring for it was what had drawn Isabella’s Mom to reach out. What she didn’t know, was that never before I had I taken a client so young.

Her story touched me and struck very close to home. I couldn’t help but reflect back on my own hair as a child. I remember how “un-pretty” I felt during adolescence, and I realized how much a girl’s hair is tied to her self-esteem. It didn’t take much for me to make up my mind: while I had never had such a young client before, I became passionate about helping curly girls of ANY age. I welcomed Isabella and her Mom into my salon.

Isabella’s appointment with me was transformational for us both. She learned how to “plop”, “pineapple”, and detangle her hair and how to rock her curls with confidence, and she left with a gorgeous cut that preserved the length and made her curls shine. I learned the true value of helping young girls learn to love the hair they were born with. Both of us left that appointment changed. Her Mom says that Isabella quickly learned to embrace her uniqueness and accept her authentic self. What a thing to be able to do at such a young age! How many women do you know, curly hair or not, who struggle with that very concept?

AFTER: Soft, defined curls that are easier to care for and style

To the curly haired woman read this blog, you need to know something very important: You are unique and wonderfully made, and there is no one else in the world like you. If you have frizz, it’s just a curl waiting to happen!

I have become passionate about helping young girls and women of all ages realize this. Not only have I built a business around this very message, but I live and breathe curly hair education for anyone who will listen.

If you’re interested in helping the little curly girl in your life, there is help on the way.  I would love to help your little one be proud of who she is and embrace her curls from the start.  You can download my ‘Style Your Curls With Confidence‘ online course and get the help that you need…there tons of information there how to care for little ones curls, as well as how to help your young teen learn to to turn their frizz into beautiful waves and curls. 

If you live in the Kingston, Ontario, Canada area, or are willing to travel, I’d be happy to have your little curly girl in my chair.  You can book into my online calendar here.

KL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make YOUR leap of faith

Make YOUR leap of faith

Make YOUR Leap of Faith
October 2018

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do them. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that – that’s what life is” ~ Amy Poehler

There is never a perfect time to do anything. A wise woman I once met told me, “You’ll never regret going for it, but at the end of your life when you look back; will you regret never trying?”.  Years ago I used that sage advice to step over my fears and start building the life and career I wanted.  Heck, I currently use that advice in any big decisions that come my way (you may want to tuck that one away for your next big life decision).

It must have been divine intervention when I stumbled across ‘Curly Girl, The Handbook‘ by Lorraine Massey.  At the time, I was ready to start my own business,  I had just discovered DevaCurl products,  and I realized that all my frizzies were actually curls waiting to happen!  I had been a stylist for years and had no idea! I was on fire with my newfound knowledge and I had a bonafide license to show others.  So, sage advice in mind, I began my Curl Specialist journey. Now, several years down the road, I have a thriving Curl Specialist salon business and a kind of exhilarating life I never could have imagined for myself.

My family picture, by Amanda Lazarski from Inspired By the Tree

Finding balance between being a mother, a wife, and an entrepreneur has not been easy or clear. In fact, ‘Balance’ is a dirty word in my books and I’m still struggling to find it. That quote: “there is a very fine line between passion and obsession” is quite true, and I’m sure I’ve crossed it many times because I am obsessed with helping curly girls!

I have done many things for which I am incredibly proud of myself. Things that were scary or overwhelming but I felt so passionate about them that I dove in before I felt truly ready: Becoming a mother, several military relocations, starting a business and building a brand without any recent business training (whoa-what was I thinking!?)…

The summer of 2018 I took some time to reflect on my many blessings. I realized that perhaps, in an effort to support every curly person I could, I may have once again crossed over that line from passion to obsession. It is therefore with reluctance for my clients but love for family that I have decided to refocus, and I will soon be changing what I offer in my online store to host exclusively brands I can find in Canada. Life has taught me that there is no telling what the future may hold for bringing back my American brands that I love, but for now once I sell out of my current US stock I won’t be restocking it.  

Going forward, after my US stock is sold out you will be able to find your favourite US brands (Innersense, Jessicurl, Mop Top, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, and more!) available for shipping (as soon as they are stocked as new brands arriving to them in the coming weeks) within Canada through my colleagues online store at www.curlbar.ca

What product brands I will continue to carry (while actively searching out other Canadian made lines to add) are:

  • DevaCurl
  • Curly Hair Solutions
  • Earth Tones Naturals
  • AG Naturals

I love what I do. I love who I have become and what I have achieved because of the struggles and hardships I have proudly overcome. I hope you will think about stepping outside your comfort zone and take that leap of faith toward your dreams.  I did, and I am not afraid of anything anymore.  Well, maybe the things that go bump in the night…

Cheers,

KL

**One of the things I have accomplished that I am most proud of is my online course. For  comprehensive videos, tutorials, documents, and journals on everything you could ever want or need to know about your hair, check out my phenomenal online course Style Your Curls With Confidence**